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Turning Points

Extensional works to the exhibition of the Collection von Kelterborn in the Kunsthalle Gießen

Under the title Turning Points, the Kunsthalle Gießen presents selected works from the Collection von Kelterborn, whose focus lies in politically charged and socially critical works by internationally renowned artists. Against the background of digitalisation and globalisation, the works shown reflect our present day as it is marked by numerous upheavals. In this regard there is a strong focus is on video art.

On blinkvideo you have the possibility to watch two documentary films of Teboho Edkins and background videos as the City Film West Berlin of The Tödliche Doris, which are not included in the collection.

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Duration: 15.08. – 04.10.2020

Teboho Edkins
Gangster Project, 2011

55 min

In Cape Town, South Africa, one of the world's most violent and unequal societies, a young white film student sets out with his cameraman, leaving the comfort of his protected neighbourhood. He wants to make a Gangster Film, with real gangsters.

 After a lengthy search for a suitably 'cinematic' character, he finds the perfect gang and settles into their everyday rhythm. The reality soon catches up and the claustrophobic gangster life doesn’t exactly fit to the expectations. 

 20 year after the first democratic election, South Africa remains a deeply divided society, one in which dialogue and understanding seem impossible, out of reach. Gangster Project is a film between fiction and reality, where real truths are revealed and fiction stops being fiction, and when it stops mattering.

Teboho Edkins
Coming of Age, Documentary Film, 2015

63 min

Ribbons of snow stretch across a vast mountain range in southern Africa. Sheep forage for grass in the highlands. This is where 15-yearold Retabile has to get a herd through the winter. These animals are all his family owns and the responsibility for their welfare rests on his shoulders. Enveloped in blankets he braves the cold and dreams of one day owning a large herd so that he can feed a family of his own. Retabile is one of four teenagers living in a remote village in the mountains.

This documentary chronicles their lives over two years. They may be young but they are on the brink of adulthood. Here, it is decided early which doors will open and which will remain closed to them forever. Those that leave their village school to help tend the sheep will never do anything else. And those that choose to leave the village now to attend secondary school may never return. Close friendships, family duty and traditional roots are all at stake. The film’s impressive cinematography reveals the stark beauty of this barren region and a life that only appears to be simple. Retabile’s future has been decided: an ancient ritual turns him into a man of the mountains.

Die Tödliche Doris
Städtefilm Berlin-West, 1983

6:46 min

City Films
Organizers who invited Die Tödliche Doris, were each asked by the group, to make a six minute Super-8 film about their city, in which the performance was to take place. Script: as far as possible an ordinary local city guide. The series "City Films" was made between 1982 and 1984 and when completed, included eighteen films from seventeen cities, one from both West and East Berlin. Each film was at the time only shown once in its city of origin, with live commentary at the beginning of the concert.

City Film West Berlin, 1983
Camera: Rene Block
For most of the organizers concerned the task set was their debut as film makers. As in the case of the organizer and gallerist René Block, who had invited the group as part of the programe for Harald Szeemanns exhibition “Der Hang zum Gesamtkunstwerk (The tendency to combine all arts)”. His West Berlin Film shows the well known sights of this city half, including the Wall, and a few typical beginners mistakes when filming with Super-8, which gave all the resulting films a personal touch.

Marie José Arjona
Strap 1
2:53 min

In the video “Strap”, the association between a plastic strap used to connect two cables, and the sound it produces when closed is linked with the sound of a kiss. The audio element is integral to the piece, much more essential than simply serving as a “soundtrack.” Both sounds are connected by an image where the actual gesture of sending a kiss is recorded while simultaneously two hands close a plastic strap. These two parallel actions, shown digitally, are reflected into the space in the form an object created by the plastic straps.

Marie José Arjona
Strap 2
3:25 min

Turning Points
Works from the Collection von Kelterborn

Duration: 15.08. – 04.10.2020

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